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Building Inspector - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0059)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $5,847.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,097.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Inspects residential and commercial projects for the applicable construction codes while providing exceptional customer service to building owners, occupants, contractors, and the general public.  The City of Bellevue is seeking to fill one position from this recruitment.  Individuals with journeyman commercial carpenter/framer (building) experience are encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions of the Job & Responsibilities

  • Performs technical inspections for residential and commercial projects to ensure compliance with the National Electrical codes and International Building, Residential, and Mechanical Codes, the Uniform Plumbing Code, Washington State Energy Code, Washington State Regulations for Barrier Free Facilities, and Bellevue Construction Code.
  • Reviews residential and commercial plans for conformance with applicable codes while providing a high level of customer service in working with designers, contractors, developers, homeowners, and citizens.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Relays technical information and direction to owners, applicants, contractors and staff in a manner understandable to each by being able to tailor oral communication to the audience.
  • Responds to inquiries regarding compliance with electrical codes and the City's permit processing procedures.
  • Utilizes automated equipment routinely in communication and inspection procedures. Responsible for computer input of technical information associated with project review.
  • Implements enforcement procedures to correct violations under the direction of the Building Official or Code Compliance Manager, depending on the violation.
  • Is an effective team player and utilizes a collaborative decision-making style to resolve issues or conflicts in a timely manner.
  • Involved in frequent interactions with developers, architects, engineers and contractors regarding code compliance for proposed projects and projects currently under construction. Uses a constructive problem-solving approach to resolve conflicts.
  • Works with a number of City departments and other inspection staff to coordinate Certificate of Occupancy process, identify issues, and resolve conflicts to assure a timely and clear city decision.
  • Actively participates in the development, refinement and management of inspection, review and code implementation procedures.
  • Uses effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Prepares written work products, such as correction notices or other correspondence to property owners and contractors outlining necessary corrections required to assure code compliance for projects under construction.
  • Occasionally performs technical review of plans for commercial and residential structures and systems to assure compliance with the electrical codes, works with other department and city review staff to coordinate project review and resolve potential conflicts in code requirements to assure a timely review. Calculates permit and plan review fees.
  • Participates in department discussions concerning code interpretations.
  • Attends training to improve technical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Responds to inquiries from developers, architects engineers contractors and the general public regarding the City's requirements for development. Interprets codes, regulations and processes.
  • Attends preapplication and preconstruction conferences.
  • Mediates conflicts, elicits cooperation from others, offers persuasive arguments in support of the City's position.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, public and private officials, builders, designers, and the general public.
  • Analyzes complex issues and makes timely decisions under pressure.

Education & Experience Requirements

Anyone with the following experience is encouraged to apply:

Primary Experience:

  • Journeyman commercial building and residential building experience.
  • Inspection or journeyman carpenter/framer (building) fieldwork.
  • Must be able to analyze information, develop logical conclusions, and make recommendations within the framework of established policies and procedures.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships with contractors, homeowners, coworkers, and management staff.
  • Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple work tasks.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and meet established deadlines.
  • Must be able to deal effectively with sensitive projects and work with others in a team environment.
  • Must be able to respond diplomatically to angry clients.
  • Safe driving record and valid current Washington State driver's license.
  • *Candidates hired without ICC certification must obtain the required certification within one year of hire.

Secondary Experience:

  • Construction Superintendent or foreman experience.
  • Combination plumbing, mechanical, clearing and grading or electrical inspection experience.
  • ICC and/or IAPMO certifications preferred.
  • Erosion Control Inspection or related work.
  • CESCL and/or CPESC certifications preferred for clearing and grading inspection.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Ability to stand, walk, crawl, stoop, climb ladders, and endure inclement weather to safely inspect construction sites, and cannot be sensitive or allergic to common construction materials.



This is a full-time, union position, Teamsters Local Union #763 206 441-0763.  

Salary placement is based on experience, qualifications and other relevant factors.

For specific information on this job, please contact: Doug Fox 425. 452.4447.

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Building Inspector Position ID 1698



Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004